ALLCOT at COP25

 

SIDE EVENT

“Quantification of SDGs to implement Article 6 of the Paris Agreement”

From December 2th to 13th, the UN’s Climate Change Conference will take place at IFEMA, Madrid’s convention center. This event will include the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP25, the 15th meeting of the parties for the Kyoto Protocol, and the second meeting of the parties for the Paris Agreement

ALLCOT will be attending this high-level conference, which is an opportunity to give enhanced visibility to the work that is being carried out about climate change. 

Sergi Cuadrat, our Group Chief Technical Officer, will be presenting a side event called “Quantification of SDGs to implement Article 6 of the Paris Agreement”.

ALLCOT is developing an open-source SDG Quantification Methodology which aims to measure the co-benefits of emission reduction projects on the SDGs. This requires measuring SDG baselines at the local scale and tracking progress. This operational tool will be applied to development activities to ensure a fair carbon price.

Panel Discussion:

  • El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, Vice-Chair of the CDM Executive Board.
  • Margaret Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Standard.
  • David Antonioli, Chief Executive Officer of Verra.

Venue: BusinessHub Side Event room. (IFEMA – Madrid)

Day: December 10th. 

Hour: 14:00 to 15:30.  

It will be a pleasure for us to participate in this great event and share it with all the attendants.  See you there!

ALLCOT participates in the Local Stakeholder Consultation process in Ziguinchor, Senegal


Written by Mercedes García, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager


The degradation of mangroves during the last years is alarmingly increasing. Uncontrolled deforestation is one of the main causes, but the increase of the temperature of the planet is altering the salinity of certain areas, which significantly impact on the stability of an ecosystem as fragile as mangroves are. 

Mangroves live in tropical and subtropical latitudes. To the south of Gambia, mangroves occupy Casamance estuary, where they form a long band over the northern margin of the 6 km wide river, between Ziguinchor and Tobor, in Senegal. Due to the anthropogenic pressure, linked to illegal harvest and agriculture, there are many mangroves areas in a state of maximum degradation on which we must act. 

ALLCOT, together with the Senegalese NGO OCEANIUM, is working on the developing of reforestation and conservation project for a part of this mangrove, starting in Senegal and expanding in the coming months to the Gambia and Guinea Bissau. The goal of the project, called SWAMP (Senegal and West Africa Mangrove Project) is to empower the local communities through reforestation and mangrove conservation. For this, the project will be registered in the international standard SDVista with the objective of obtain carbon credits that could be reinvested in these communities and different socio-economics activities. For that, the participation of Senegalese government and local authorities has been necessary, through various meetings held during last year.

On October 15, ALLCOT had the privilege of being one of the speakers in these meetings, held in Zinguinchor. During a complete working day, the ALLCOT team had the opportunity to share with the participants how the project is structured, the short and long term objectives, and especially the detail of the socio-economics activities to be implemented, all of them aligned with the Sustainable Developing Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. 

There was also the opportunity to discuss and share a lunch with all the mayors who have already joined the initiative and many others who are still evaluating the possibility of adhering. Ideas about initiatives of developing and their alignments with the needs of the populations were exchanged. It was a very fruitful workday, which will be a turning point in the design of the SWAMP project. 

ALLCOT has extensive wide experience in the design and structuring of the project in the field of mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Our role in the project is to improve the quality of life of the populations that live in the mangroves through the incomes from the carbon credits. To obtain the maximum benefit the project is designed to cover two main areas. In the most degraded areas, propagule plantations of Rhizophora Mangle and Avicennia sp are scheduled. In the areas, best-conserved, protection and training activities will be carried. These activities include the creation of monitoring brigades, to awareness and training in the field. In parallel, the technical team is working in different activities linked to the food security and gender equity for the communities who live in the mangrove areas. 

Due to the significant social component of the project, the standard chosen has been SDVista. Standard developed by VERRA for all those projects which mitigate the greenhouse gas emission but have a profound impact on local populations. 

One of the objectives of the standard is not only to evaluate the contribution of the projects with the SDGs, but also their quantification, monitoring, and of course the verification by an accredited entity. It is, therefore, a robust standard that aims to demonstrate in an effective and verifiable way that the projects are contributing to meet the needs of certain populations. 

During last years, in ALLCOT we have worked in each one of our projects in the alignment of all the activities with the SDSs, all channeled through the fight against climate change. 

SWAMP project is undoubtedly a clear example of the strategy of the company for the future. Empower the local communities through the fight against the current climate crisis by developing initiatives in the scope of all the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.

Carbon footprint and Expotural, Feria de la Naturaleza y el Turismo Sostenible


Written by Patricia Piñero, Sustainability Consultant.


Between September 27th and 29th, the EXPOTURAL Nature and Sustainable Tourism Fair opened in Madrid in Hall 1 of IFEMA.

EXPOTURAL has become the national reference for sustainable tourism, where nature and biodiversity protection has the greatest role. It is a space to propose and facilitate the promotion and development of destinations through sustainable rural tourism.

A 6000 m2 venue hosted this celebration, accommodating numerous activities available to attendees. Among them the award for the best initiatives in sustainable tourism, being the winning company Bahía de Santander, and secondly, Casa del Tesoro. Bahía Santander received the award thanks to its ecotourism and environmental education project focused on the recovery of the osprey, through the installation of innkeepers and nests in height. A meeting point was also set up for professionals of Active Tourism business tables so that both exhibitors and attendees could participate in these business rounds.

In addition to all these activities, the II International Forum of Nature Tourism and Sustainable Tourism was held, a series of presentations and round tables developed within the pavilion, and structured in different blocks, which dealt with topics such as Ecotourism, Local Development and Sustainability, rural and active tourism, etc. All under a Responsible Tourism approach, above all, for the climate change mitigation.

Coinciding with the general strike called worldwide to support the fight against climate change, EXPOTURAL actively participated in this cause by dedicating the first day of the II International Forum of Nature Tourism and Sustainable Tourism to Climate Change, the latter being one of the structural axes of the fair’s philosophy.

Another edition in which we had the pleasure of being invited to participate in the forum and of being able to be an active part of EXPOTURAL, not only in the presentation we offered to attendees on the management of the carbon footprint for companies, but also contributing to offsetting the fair’s carbon footprint itself. 

Alfonso Polvorinos, technical director of the Fair and the Forum, contacted us some time ago to explore how we could assess the impact of the fair on climate change and mitigate it in the best possible way.

For the 2018 edition, we calculated the fair’s emission identified them and drew up a reduction strategy as recommendations adapted for it. After this study and conclusions, we offered the possibility of compensating for the emissions resulting from the activity of the fair, to obtain a neutral carbon balance. This was done and we have continued working to make it possible again in this edition.

This emission offsetting consists, in broad terms, of the economic investment in carbon credits, an international decontamination mechanism introduced by the Kyoto Protocol for the reduction of the emissions causing climate change.

Therefore, the fair compensated these emissions generated through its collaboration with the RMDLT project, a forestry project located in the Brazilian Amazon that works to protect this fragile ecosystem from the rampant deforestation of the jungle, while allowing degraded forests to have the opportunity to regenerate.

The project contributes to reaching 12 out of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, among the most prominent we can mention: the improvement of the quality of life of the families that reside within the area and the land tenure of the people committed to the conservation.

For more information check our website www.allcot.com, or you can contact us directly at the following email ppr@allcot.com

ALLCOT certifies under “Gold Standard for the Global Goals” more than 644,000 tons of CO2 emissions for Consorcio Santa Marta in Chile.


Written by Alfredo Gil, Climate Change Mitigation Consultant


Consorcio Santa Marta, as Project Proponent and ALLCOT in its role as consultant in climate change mitigation projects, have achieved, on September 13, 2019, the issuance of 644,763 VERs (Verified Emission Reductions) certified under “Gold Standard for the Global Goals”, corresponding to the GS3976 project “Santa Marta Landfill Gas (LFG) Capture for Electricity Generation Project”.

These VERs are equivalent to 644,763 tons of CO2 emissions, avoided during the fourth monitoring period of the project (from August 1, 2017, to April 30, 2019), thanks to the collection and reuse of biogas from the landfill to produce clean electricity.

The project, located 17 km south of the city of Santiago, in Chile, receives a monthly average of 130,000 tons of municipal solid waste and it is estimated that during the project’s crediting period it avoids around 3 million tons of CO2 in the atmosphere. This reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is achieved through two routes, one is the use of biogas itself, with high methane content (a gas with a high global warming potential) since if it is not collected and used for generation of energy, it would be emitted into the atmosphere. The other way is the generation of unconventional and clean electricity and its supply to the Chilean national network since these MWh generated present 0 emissions and otherwise would have been produced by the country’s conventional electricity mix, partly formed by thermal power plants and the partial use of fossil fuels.

In addition to its contribution to climate change mitigation, the Consorcio Santa Marta project contributes positively to different United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, due to its certification in “Gold Standard for the Global Goals”. Among these social, environmental and economic benefits, are the reduction of the per capita environmental impact due to the sustainable management of urban solid waste, the improvement of quality in early childhood education, the contribution of clean energy and the creation of quality jobs and training for the workers.

If you want to read more about this project, please click here

 

ROUND TABLE ON THE CARBON MARKET

 

 

The Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity and the General Delegation of Québec in Paris will hold a seminar called:

QUÉBEC – FRANCE: ROUND TABLE ON THE CARBON MARKET

It will take place on September 30 in Paris, France. It will feature the persistence and participation of Elisabeth Borne, Minister of the Ecological Transition and Solidarity of the French Republic and Benoit Charrette, Minister of Environment and Struggle against Quebec Climate Change.

This event will be a great opportunity to discuss carbon pricing and the fair and equitable transition to a less carbon economy.

Some of the objectives of the seminar are:

  • Present key tools and trends in carbon pricing.
  • Illustrate how carbon prices can contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and support a fair and equitable transition.
  • Highlight the importance of international collaboration for success in the fight against climate change, through carbon pricing.

Delegates of ALLCOT will be present to know in depth the details of this interesting and very nutritious session, giving the company a local and international vision of the Carbon market, which will allow us, to develop new tools and improvements in our services.

You can find more information about the seminar, including its programming by clicking on this link (In French language)

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW)

Next week from August 19-23, ALLCOT  team will be present at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW), an event to be held in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

“The LACCW will be the occasion to discuss challenges and opportunities for climate action from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective. It will offer the opportunity to key actors in the region from across sectors to convene, learn and exchange knowledge and best practices, to assess, jointly plan and create new climate action initiatives” UNFCCC

There, ALLCOT will host following side event:

Market-based approaches to take action and to raise ambition in LAC.
Tuesday August 20
13:30-14:25      
Room Goal 9 (SL50-T02)

Our Panelists:
Adriana Gutierrez, Consultant at Ministry of Environment of Colombia
Axel Michaelowa, Perspectives Climate Group
Lisa Lafferty, Climate Trust
Perumal Arumugam, UNFCCC

Tanguy de Bienassis, World Bank
Thiago de Araújo Mendes, Environmental Agency of the Federal District of Brazil (Brasília Ambiental)
Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Climate Champion for COP24 at Ministry of the Environment Poland

Moderator: Alexis Leroy

Our session will showcase successful practices of carbon pricing in LAC countries and discuss opportunities to extend initiatives to new jurisdictions by promoting countries efforts towards regional carbon markets and thereby accelerating the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Registration for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 is open here.

See you in Salvador.

ITH celebra su XV Asamblea Anual en el marco del ITH Innovation Summit y destaca a ALLCOT como su proveedor de servicios de sostenibilidad

Las últimas novedades en innovación y tecnología en el sector hotelero se dieron a conocer en el ITH Innovation Summit, que se celebró la semana pasada en el Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding.  ITH destacó, además, a ALLCOT como su proveedor de servicios de sostenibilidad.

La inauguración estuvo a cargo de la secretaria de Estado de Turismo, Isabel Oliver; el presidente de la Confederación Española de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turísticos (CEHAT) y del Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH), Juan Molas; y Gabriel García, presidente de la Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Madrid (AEHM).

Profesionales de la talla de Kike Sarasola, presidente de Room Mate Hotels; Pepe Díaz Montañés, presidente de Artiem Hotels; José Ángel Preciados, director general de Ilunion Hotels; Javier Pérez, director general de VP Hoteles; y Hugo Rovira, director general de NH Hotel Group para el Sur de Europa, debatieron, moderados por el presidente de la CEHAT e ITH, Juan Molas, sobre cómo enfocar la innovación y la tecnología desde un punto de vista estratégico con el objetivo de sacar el mayor partido y beneficio posible.

La experiencia de cliente es otro de los puntos esenciales dentro del sector y del que también se trató. El director de operaciones (COO) de AdQuiver, Néstor Rodríguez, dio algunas claves para saber cómo atraer y seducir a los clientes.

Además, en el Summit Area, la especialista en calidad y reputación de Hotelatelier, Diana Hernández; y Xavier López, director de operaciones (COO) de EisiSoft, hablaron acerca de la trazabilidad de los datos para mejorar tanto los procesos, como la experiencia de cliente.

La Inteligencia Artificial y la Automatización también fueron protagonistas en el evento, así como la ciberseguridad. Además, se habló sobre la gestión de activos.

ALLCOT, uno de los patrocinadores de la Sexta Edición de la Copa “Your Chance”, un campeonato de fútbol para niños institucionalizados

El 23 de junio de 2019, Your Chance Association, de Rumanía, organizó la 6ª edición del evento deportivo benéfico “Your Chance Cup”, en colaboración con ASC Dinamo New Generation y Kaufland Romania. 120 niños, provenientes de familias de bajos ingresos en Rumanía, tuvieron un día lleno de sorpresas y con muchos premios y medallas.

“Cada año organizamos con gran alegría este evento único en el país, que brinda a los niños menos afortunados la oportunidad de olvidarse de los días difíciles y disfrutar de la infancia. Para algunos de ellos esta es la primera vez que participan en una competición y entienden lo que son el juego limpio, el espíritu de equipo y el dulce sabor de la victoria”, dice Gabriel Ciobotaru, presidente de Your Chance Association.

La sexta edición de la Copa “Your Chance” tuvo lugar el domingo a las 9:00 en el Complejo Cultural Deportivo Estudiantil Tei en Bucarest (30, calle Olteţului, sector 2). Los niños presentes provienen de los centros sociales y de colocación de los sectores 2, 3, 4, 5 y 6 de la capital y de las comunidades desfavorecidas en Ilfov y Dâmboviţa (Periş, Crevedia, Tărtăşeşti y otros centros de DGASPC Ilfov), así como de La “mansión social” en Bilciureşti (Dâmboviţa), fundada por Your Chance Association en 2016.

El año pasado, más de 100 niños disfrutaron de este evento deportivo, proveniente de centros como Aldeas Infantiles SOS, ICC Rumanía, Periş Placement Center, St. Macrina Center, The Door Foundation, Life and Light Foundation.

Los patrocinadores y socios de la Copa 2019 “Your Chance” son: ALLCOT Group, Kaufland Romania, Dinamo New Generation Sports Club Association, Infinity Trophy, La Cantine de Nicolai, Fruleg Logistic y Carbon Expert, socio de ALLCOT en Rumanía.

Al mismo tiempo, Your Chance Association está ejecutando muchos otros proyectos en apoyo de la comunidad, como “A Hot Chance” (una cálida comida ofrecida todos los jueves a personas sin hogar en Bucarest, otorgada este año en la Gala de la Sociedad Civil con el primer premio), “Caja sonríe” (regalos de Navidad, empaquetados en cajas de zapatos, ofrecidos a niños necesitados), “Voluntario para la salud” (cheques médicos gratuitos), “Requisitos para su futuro” (requisitos y mochilas escolares para niños pobres o para niños de crianza temporal), “Construir esperanzas juntos” (construir casas para familias pobres), etc. Your Chance Association inauguró una sala de informática en Buftea en 2015, proponiendo alfabetizar digitalmente a más de 100 niños de familias pobres, y en 2016 en el condado de Dambovita, el “Centro social Helmut Schlotterer” en Bilciuresti, donde acoge y educa a niños huérfanos o pobres.

El informe anual de ONU Cambio Climático, en el que ALLCOT Group ha participado, muestra el ascenso de la acción climática

ONU Cambio Climático ha presentado su informe anual, en el que destaca el progreso realizado para abordar el cambio climático en 2018 y las formas en las que la comunidad internacional puede aumentar la ambición para alcanzar los objetivos del Acuerdo de París. ALLCOT Group ha participado en este informe con la publicación de un artículo escrito por Alexis L. Leroy, fundador y CEO de la compañía, que se puede leer en la página 15.

El informe abarca los principales logros del proceso intergubernamental de la CMNUCC y las actividades de la secretaría, en particular los efectos de esas actividades en apoyo de la Convención, el Protocolo de Kyoto y el Acuerdo de París.

Por ejemplo, en la COP24 de diciembre de 2018, el mundo acordó la mayoría de las directrices para poner en práctica el Acuerdo de París a través del paquete de medidas de Katowice sobre el clima.

El paquete de medidas proporciona el marco operacional para la acción en relación con el clima y orientación sobre el seguimiento y la evaluación de las actividades en los planos nacional e internacional. En él se describe la forma en que los países informarán sobre sus contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional (los NDC por sus siglas en inglés, planes de acción sobre el clima nacionales en el marco del Acuerdo de París), las medidas específicas que adoptarán y la forma en que pueden comunicar sus progresos. Esto incluye esfuerzos para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero y crear resiliencia a los efectos inevitables del cambio climático, así como apoyo financiero para la acción sobre el clima en los países en desarrollo.

Si bien las promesas actuales en el marco de las contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional distan mucho de ser suficientes para que la comunidad internacional pueda alcanzar sus objetivos en materia de clima, al finalizar el paquete de medidas de Katowice sobre el clima, los países han demostrado que están comprometidos a aumentar sus ambiciones.

El informe también analiza el trabajo que está por llegar, en particular la necesidad de dar los toques finales al programa de trabajo del Acuerdo de París en 2019, para que las naciones revisen al alza sus contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional y para que el cambio climático se refleje en casi todas las decisiones que los gobiernos, las organizaciones, las empresas, los inversionistas y los individuos tomen en los años venideros.

Puede descargar el informe aquí y leer el artículo escrito por Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT Group, en la página 15.

ALLCOT Group participates in the Corresponsables Day ‘Third anniversary of the SDGs: Current situation and future challenges of the 2030 Agenda’

Patricia Piñero, sustainability consultant of ALLCOT Group, participated in a debate on June 6 in Malaga within the framework of a new day of presentation of the Yearbook Corresponsables 2019, which will be carbon neutral one year more.

During the day, entitled ‘Third anniversary of the SDGs: Current situation and future challenges of the 2030 Agenda’, the participants in this debate spoke about the fulfillment of the Agenda2030 and how the companies are applying SDGs.

In this sense, Piñero said that ALLCOT is developing a methodology to advise companies so that they can identify which ODS they are fulfilling and which are not and, thus, help them to comply with all of them. He also explained the importance of carbon markets for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Other participants

The inauguration of this day was in charge of José Mª López, Responsible for CSR of Unicaja Banco; Natalia Sánchez, Executive Vice President / General Secretary of Confederación de Empresarios de Málaga; Ricardo Martín, Communication Director of Corresponsables and Javier Cortés, Head Cities Program UN Global Compact and closing the table, Concha Labao Moreno, Delegate Director of Open Government and Transparency of the Diputación de Málaga.

Next, the table of large companies was attended by Sheila Villalobos, Responsible for CSR Covirán; María Deocón, Responsible for Sustainable Development and Innovation in the Costa del Sol and María José Rueda, Technician of RSC Unicaja Banco. Ana María Casado, member of Dircom and Professor of the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Málaga, modeled the table.

Finally, the stakeholder discussion table was held and, in addition to Patricia Piñero, the participants were: Alicia Martín, Head of the Department of Citizen Communication and Social Responsibility of Gestrisam at the City Council of Málaga; Julio Andrade, Director of Cifal Málaga; Diego Isabel La Moneda, Director of Nesi Forum and Juan Jesús de la Torre, Coordinator of the Chair Hidralia + UGR of REDAC. The table was moderated by Carlos García, Member of the RSE Málaga Forum and Manager of the Centro Plaza CC.